How safe is arteriovenous malformation surgery? A prospective, observational study of surgery as first-line treatment for brain arteriovenous malformations.

@article{Davidson2010HowSI,
  title={How safe is arteriovenous malformation surgery? A prospective, observational study of surgery as first-line treatment for brain arteriovenous malformations.},
  author={Andrew Stewart Davidson and Michael Kerin Morgan},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={66 3},
  pages={498-504; discussion 504-5}
}
OBJECTIVES Existing studies reporting the risk of surgery for brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are often biased by the exclusion of patients not offered surgery. In this study, we examine the risk of surgery, including cases excluded from surgery because of the high surgical risk. METHODS Data were collected on 640 consecutively enrolled AVMs in a database that included all patients not considered for surgery. RESULTS Patients with Spetzler-Martin grade 1 to 2 AVMs (n = 296) were… CONTINUE READING
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